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The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide #ChickenSoupForTheSoul

chicken soup multitasking moms survival guideOne of the #1 posts here on MoscatoMom is my “How Does She Do It?” Post where I talk about how I juggle being a business owner, blogger, mom, fiance, daughter, friend… and now throw in planning a wedding on top of it all. Needless to say, “multitasking” is my middle name. So when I had the opportunity to review a new Chicken Soup for the Soul Book – The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide – I knew it was a match made in heaven.

Moms do it all – they juggle kids, husbands, home and office…. This collection will inspire and entertain masters of multitasking with its 101 stories from busy moms like them. Filled with words of wisdom, lessons learned, funny moments and juggling success, this book will brighten any mother’s day.

The chapters are broken down in to 9 categories, with funny and inspiring real life stories from moms just like us. My favorite section was “Laughing After The Fact” because it reminded me of moments I have had with my own daughters where I was certain I was going to come apart at the seams – that we all laugh about now.

My favorite story in the book though is #7 – “The Art of Porching” where a mom talks about how her grandmother used to spend time just sitting on the porch, taking time for herself away from all of her numerous “Mom Duties.” She also talks about how much harder our ancestors had it (doing dishes and laundry by hand for instance) and gaining some perspective when we complain about things being “so hard.”It reminds us how important it is to slow down from time to time, and feed our soul with some quiet time – “porching” as she calls it.

I will admit I have teared up more times on this book than any other I have read from the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series. A few stories talk about kids “going off to college” and moving out on their own…and it hits entirely too close to home with oldest starting her Sophomore year of high school tomorrow. But they are happy tears and they remind you that above anything else, the hardest – yet most rewarding – job in the world is Motherhood.

This book would be a great gift for Mom of any age who may need a little inspiration. You can order The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide from Amazon or pick up at your local bookstore.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review as part of an ambassadorship with Chicken Soup for the Soul. All opinions are my own.


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Scotties Facial Tissues Help Kitties Find A Forever Home #ScottiesKittens #Giveaway

It has been two and a half years since I took on being “Mom” to three 2-week old motherless kittens that my friend Trisha found in a neighbors shed.  I took them in, bottle fed them, litter trained them, got them fixed, and took on the commitment of 15+ years of cat ownership. But my three kitties were lucky. Millions of cats and kittens are taken to shelters every day in hopes of finding a forever home like mine, and sadly some never do. But Scotties Facial Tissues is trying to help change that by sponsoring cat adoption events along the east coast.

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“At Scotties our focus is softness – so this partnership made perfect sense,” said John Robertson, Director of Marketing for Scotties Facial Tissues. “We hope that our donation will act as an incentive for caring people to come forward and open up their homes.” Scotties Facial Tissue is known for being soft – like their two new “mascots” – white fluffy kittens. Now through August Scotties Facial Tissue will work with rescue organizations in Boston, MA, Raleigh, NC, and Tampa, FL in order to waive adoption fees for prospective cat owners in an effort to place them in loving homes.

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Spicy Shelf Review – Another #Whole30 Must Have

When I moved in with Mike, he already had the kitchen pretty organized. For a bachelor I have to admit – he had a lot of kitchen stuff. The spice cabinet was located directly above the stove – perfectly fine for a man of nearly six feet tall. However as a woman of just over 5 feet tall – that proves to be a challenge.

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I resorted to getting a child’s stool to help me be able to reach and see – but I had so many spices in there, I was constantly digging around trying to find stuff. Since I began Whole30 I have been using tons of spices that I do not normally use – so I have built up quite a collection. Plus once I began reading labels of what I already had – I realized just how much sugar I was consuming that I had no idea about. However even with the stool I could not reach the back of the cabinet – and would keep buying stuff that I thought I was out of – secretly hoping it wasn’t just where I couldn’t see it.

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The Blue Angels Show with the Secur Solar Sun Power Bank 6000

This weekend the family and I woke up at the crack of dawn to participate in the craziness known as Blue Angels Weekend. Over 100,000 people pile onto our little beach to watch this amazing airshow – but one thing locals know for sure – you better get there early. In our case, it meant a wake up call at 5:15 am. Now, I love my iPhone, but the battery life leaves a little something to be desired. I am sure it has nothing to do with the fact that I am on Facebook and Instagram pretty much 24/7. Either way, normally I am left running back to the car to try to recharge my phone half way through the day so that I can get some clips of the Blues flying. Not this year however. This year I took the Secur Solar Sun Power Bank 6000 to try out. Let me just say, this thing now has a permanent pocket in my beach bag.

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The Secur Solar Sun Power Bank 6000 is nice and small – not much bigger than some smartphones I have seen. Its water resistant so I had no worry taking it right down to the beach with me. Even at the end of the day – after most everyone had left – this little thing was still working – having charged up my phone, Mike’s phone, and even The Teens phone. It has built in USB and USB micro cables, but also has a place for two USBs to plug in. There is a screen on the front that will tell you how much battery power is left as well.

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We took a couple zillion pictures while we were out at the beach – after all I met up with some people that I haven’t seen in over 17 years… like this guy:

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And tons of pics of our beautiful beach all packed out… with 100,000+ of our closest friends:

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Hobby Holster – A Must Have Crafters Tool #Coupon

If you are a crafter you know how frustrating it can be to have an unorganized crating space. Like those times when you are trying to hold two tiny little things together… and rrreeeaaaccchhh across the table for your glue gun. Or how about always searching for the scissors… that seem to grow legs and hide under everything.

What if you had something that would just keep everything you need right at your fingertips?

That is the thought behind this awesome new product – the Hobby Holster.

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The Hobby Holster® is a heat resistant, 100% silicone pocket that is designed to hold hot crafting tools. A divided pocket separates a glue gun from hot glue sticks, glitter pens from scrapbook paper, mod podge from felt and endless other odd couples and crafty pairings. The silicone material allows the Hobby Holster to cling to any smooth surface without the use of suction cups or adhesive, it’s easy to place and easy to move when your crafting day is complete. It also sticks to itself – so The Teen wore it a la tool belt style and it was perfect. 

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I received a Hobby Holster to review and I can tell you – it came in quite handy when we were putting together the Wine Cork Photo Holders last week. Between gluing the corks and snipping the ribbon – the Hobby Holster kept everything we needed right on our hip. To be 100% honest – I didnt even consider putting it on the table – I just strapped it right on our belt. Easy peasy.

I also loved that there was a ruler right on the Hobby Holster too. At one point I was able to lay it out and have The Teen cut ribbon for me while I worked on gluing corks. There are inches on one side and centimeters on the other.

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The Hobby Holster is just $19.99 but MoscatoMom Readers can get 25% off using the promo code Moscato25 between now and July 31st!  Head over to HobbyHolster.com to order now!

What color do you like best?

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